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June 17, 2019:
Captain Morgan said bass action saw an uptick in activity this week but no really big fish were reported. The majority of the fish being caught are on the smaller side, but the eel slingers are scoring some better fish into the low-40-inch range. Sea bass action has been red hot in depths of 70 to 90 feet, shallower spots seem to be covered with shorts—NY opens June 23. Big porgies have been showing up on many local hard spots, fish from 15 to 17 inches have been common. Fluking remains slow but is showing signs of improvement, the waters north of Faulkners have been decent locally, but the NY side is still better. One angler jigging for bass pulled a nice market cod from the waters off of Clinton this week. The shop will be holding a fly casting day on July 20 with several master instructors on hand. The cost will be $225 for the day, lunch included, the class runs from 9 to 2—give a shout for more details.



Previous Reports

  • June 10, 2019 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said some bigger bass finally moved into local waters. Anglers are hooking-up with solid fish in the 36- to 40-inch range from the Guilford shoreline, out to the north rip at Faulkners and out to Southwest Reef. He said he'd also heard of some fish in that size range from the Sand Shoal and Six Mile. Sea-bassing has been steady all week and some nice fish in the 4- to 5-pound range have come from depths of 70 to 90 feet, up shallower there are a lot more shorts. Porgies are hit and miss in the shallows, the best action is out on the reefs. Blues are filtering in now too, so far they've all been on the smaller side. Freshwater reports have been very good across the board.

  • June 3, 2019 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said the fishing for sea bass lit up this week and some really nice fish, in the 4- to 5-pound class, came from depths of 70 to 90 feet. Fluking has been improving with every increase in water temperature; Faulkners has been picking up, New Haven has been looking better and the guys running across to Greenport have been finding some keepers as well. Most of the keepers have been in the low 20-inch range, but a few doormats have been taken as well. Sea robins have been thick on many prime pieces of fluke bottom. Weakfish are finally showing up in the places we expect them, this week coming should be pretty good. Bass guys have been doing well in the dark slinging eels, yakkers have been hooking some decent fish around Sachems Head. Blues are starting to show in local waters now too. Freshwater guys say the largie and smallie bite really picked up this week.

  • May 27, 2019 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said trout fishing has been red hot, on the heels of the final spring stocking for 2019. Places like the Hammo and surrounding streams have been awesome, several local ponds have been putting out fish too. In other freshwater ponds bass, pickerel and perch have been biting well. Striper action has been good, although some moving around has been required to find the best action. Schoolies have been easier find, in along the beaches and around the mouths of the rivers. Bigger bass are coming from the reefs and after dark on eels. Fluking has been quieter than expected, but shallow water has been better, the best reports are coming from New Haven Harbor—shorts dominate catches everywhere. Winter flounder has been slow but, it still seems better than the last few seasons. Lastly, the first few blues have been caught locally.

  • May 20, 2019 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said Chatfield and the Hammo both received a good shot of trout from the state ahead of the Holiday Weekend—and it seems like they put some nice ones in there. Schoolie bass continue to run the rivers and beaches; more keepers this week, and even some 30-inch class fish taking eels after dark. There have been some bluefish sightings as well; not many, but they are here. Porgies are starting to fill their spots on some reefs, no news on sea bass just yet. Remember, sea bass is not open in New York so don't cross the line if you have sea bass in your possession. Fluke is still better on the other side of the Sound, but it will improve in the coming weeks. Weakfish are biting south of Faulkners and over into New Haven.

Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle
21 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
phone: 203-245-8665


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